Dive Lessons on Sale! (Hurry, offer ends June 15th)
We are offering the PADI open water diver course for $325 until June 15th. This includes rental gear for the entire course, open water diver manual, electronic dive planner, dive and training log book and certification card. This is a savings of $150
Sign up now, but take the course anytime this summer. Call now 231-597-8460
T-Shirt Design Competition (May 13th 2013)
We need designs for T-shirts to sell in the shop! Send in your sketches to be entered in the competition. Winner will receive a FIVE pound Hershey bar graciously donated by the Bliss Store, and of course a free T-shirt with their design.
The shirts will have our logo on the breast, and the entire back is your canvas. Limited to two colors, and the design must be able to be silk screened. This is a public event and the shirts will be for sale at the shop, so please keep it reasonably PG-13.
The winner will be chosen on May 31st
New Shipwreck Found! (July 19th 2012)
Sunday, July 8th, a new shipwreck was discovered 13 miles east of Cheboygan from the dive charter vessel Rec Diver (www.straitsscuba.com) owned by Larry McElroy, homeported in St. Ignace. Captain Craig Passeno veered over a location that his father, Bob was told about from a retired fisherman. On a single pass, the wreck showed up vividly on the new sidescan sonar.
A full week passed before Joe Lavender and Craig Passeno (Owners, Northern Michigan Dive Center, www.idivemi.com) were able to get back to the site to dive it. They reported it to be a schooner, roughly 125 feet in length, broken up but mostly there. The vessel was carrying a cargo of coal, though the bulk of the cargo is not there. This, along with the entirely missing foredeck, masts, rigging, and anchors lends suspicion that the wreck was subsequently salvaged after sinking.
The maximum depth is just over 50 feet. The wreck appears not to have been dove previously due to the lack of disturbance, blocks, deadeyes, and numerous small items that were only lightly buried by silt, sand, and of course, zebra mussels.
Regarding the identification of the wreck, all evidence points strongly to the schooner Syracuse.